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Dolphins sign Long

Michigan tackle jake Long answers questions during a news conference announcing he had signed a five-year contract with the Miami Dolphins. Long spoke Tuesday in Davie, Fla.

Michigan tackle jake Long answers questions during a news conference announcing he had signed a five-year contract with the Miami Dolphins. Long spoke Tuesday in Davie, Fla.

April 23, 2008

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— Michigan tackle Jake Long signed a five-year contract with $30 million guaranteed Tuesday with the Miami Dolphins, who plan to select him with the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft.

Long's total package is for $57.75 million, said a person familiar with the negotiations who didn't want to be identified because the Dolphins declined to disclose terms.

The Dolphins were interested in trading the top choice. When no suitors surfaced, they decided to sign Long and avoid a possible holdout. Last year's first pick, JaMarcus Russell, missed all of training camp before signing a $61 million contract with the Oakland Raiders.

"It's such a great honor to be the No. 1 pick," Long said. "I'm real glad we got the contract done so I don't have to worry about any of that."

The new Dolphins regime led by Bill Parcells began negotiations last week with Long's agent, Tom Condon.

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